The Week That Was (October 22-28, 2012)

By Teron Briggs on October 29, 2012
The Week That Was (October 22-28, 2012)
Two former champs threw caution to the wind for nine scintillating back-and-forth rounds.

What a fight! Very few people in the States saw the featherweight slugfest between Cristian Mijares and Rafael Marquez….


He’s no Tito

Before Saturday night, Puerto Rican welterweight super prospect Thomas Dulorme (16-1, 12 KOs) had been compared to his countryman, the legendary Felix “Tito” Trinidad. Dulorme, much like Tito, is a tall welterweight with a big punch and big charisma. The comparisons, unfortunately for Dulorme, end there. Carlos Abregu (34-1, 30 KOs) showed that Dulorme has a long way to go before he can fill those shoes.

In the third round the Argentinean slugger landed a huge overhand right that put the prospect on the seat of his trunks. That punch, as HBO analyst Max Kellerman pointed out, made Dulorme’s “eyes roll into the back of his head.” Abregu, who is best known for his 12-round unanimous decision loss in 2010 to Timothy Bradley, continued to batter the young, untested fighter until he was dropped again and stopped in round seven.

Dulorme showed promise despite the loss. He was out on his feet in that dramatic third round, but was able to regain his composure and even win some of the latter rounds. What was troubling was his inability to avoid the same punch, the overhand right being his undoing over and over again, even though it was the left hook that finished him.

Back to the drawing board for Dulorme. For the hard-hitting and granite-chinned Abregu, another television date looms.

Let’s see more of him

He fought awkwardly at times, but undefeated junior welterweight contender Karim Mayfield (17-0-1, 10 KOs) showed some promise Saturday night in outworking his tough but overmatched opponent, Mauricio Herrera (18-3, 7 KOs). Mayfield is 33 but untested. He got a late start in the sport, yet has the stuff to make for some good fights in his talent-rich division. Mayfield landed the flashier and heavier punches throughout the bout, wining a clear decision after 10 rounds by scores 96-94, 98-92, and 97-93.

Virgil Hunter, 2011 Trainer of the Year, is heading up his corner so Mayfield’s future certainly looks bright.

Impossible to root for

I had never seen Miguel Vazquez (32-3, 13 KOs) fight before Saturday night and if I never see him fight again it will be too soon. Not only did Vasquez stink out the joint by running more than Usain Bolt, but he also is trained by one of the most despised men in boxing, Javier Capetillo.

Capetillo’s infamy was born when it was discovered that he had illegally wrapped Antonio Margarito’s hands in plaster prior to Margo’s fight with Shane Mosley in 2009. Although it was the first time he was caught, many around the sport believe it wasn’t the first time Capetillo had done it. He tried to explain away the incident by saying he was stressed about the fight and accidentally wrapped the hands in a plaster-like substance. If you believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I would like to sell to you. Capetillo had his license suspended and is still allowed to train fighters, but can’t be in their corner during a fight.

Vasquez should realize that associating himself with the disgraced trainer only gives fans a reason to root against him. Marvin Quintero (25-4, 21 KOs), his opponent on HBO Boxing After Dark, was forced to chase the IBF lightweight champion around the ring for most of the fight. But Quintero acquitted himself well in losing a close split decision. The judges had it 116-112, 118-110, 113-115.


Fight of the weekend?

What a fight! Very few people in the States saw the featherweight slugfest between Cristian Mijares (47-6, 22 KOs) and Rafael Marquez (41-8, 37 KOs). It was only available on pay-per-view, but the two former champions threw caution to the wind for nine scintillating back-and-forth rounds. At the time of the stoppage Mexican television network BoxAzteca had the bout 77-76 in Marquez’s favor.

In the eighth round the two exchanged vicious head and body shots that clearly took more out of Marquez that his younger and fresher opponent. In round nine Mijares stung Marquez with a wicked left hook that badly wobbled the 37-year-old champion. The referee wisely jumped in and stopped the contest.

It was the 11th straight victory for Mijares. He has rebounded after a three-fight losing streak three years ago and has set himself up for a title shot or a high profile bout. Marquez, who is still a big draw in Mexico, over 10,000 fans gathered, needs to seriously consider retirement as he has clearly lost a step. It was his third loss in his last five fights.


If you don’t succeed, try, try, try, and try again?

Former multiple time title-challenger Rocky Juarez (29-10, 21 KOs) had his hand raised in victory for the first time in three years, after six consecutive defeats, when he stopped Antonio Escalante (28-5, 19 KOs) in round eight.

Juarez looked both ecstatic and relieved.

Where Juarez goes from here is anyone’s guess, but it is nice to see him finally stand in the winner’s circle again.

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